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Sunday, August 24, 2014


So this is life. 
It's ups and downs.
Laughter and tears. 
A combination of dizziness and stability. 
That moment when you look to the stars. 
That feeling that everything will be okay. 
The chaos before the order. 
The painful yet necessary process of growth.
The blessings and curses. 
All of it, in one package, always there, beckoning. 
Some days are easy. 
Some days are hard, but they are all worth it. 
But what's most important, at the end of the day, is love. 
Love for yourself. 
Love for your family. 
Love for your friends. 
Love in the form of smiling at strangers. 
Doing something nice for them. 
Going the extra mile. 
Sometimes you take a step back. 
Sometimes you leap into the unknown. 
It all depends on your attitude, your mindset. 
Your story begins with you. 
How you choose to view the world. 
How you choose to see it. 
Whether you are foolish to be wise.
Wise to be foolish. 
Life is all around you. 
It's not always what you want. 
It's what you need. 
Who you want to be. 
Who you are. 

Love . . .

“Everyone has a different definition of love. Love to one person is… letting go even if it hurts them. Another would give up love for someone in a better situation. It sometimes starts with imagination. It’s motivation to live for some… and it’s mystery to solve for others. Regardless, love is a blissful thought that makes heart flutter… and is a hope.” - Surplus Princess

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars: A Movie Review

I picked up a book called The Fault in Our Stars at the beginning of last year, because Ashley Clemments and Daniel Vincent Gordh read an excerpt from it, and they posted the video on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries channel. The scene they read was so powerful, and I knew teens were hyped up about this book, because I worked at a bookstore, and that book was the most requested. 
So I gave it a shot, and my eyes were opened. Life, it's not perfect, but it's beautiful and worth living. Hazel's voice was so intune with my own that I fell for Augustus, and his zest for life. The way he viewed the world, and the way that Hazel criticized it. 
The story was a breath of fresh air in the YA genre. John Green wrote a story about life, it's ups and downs, its blessings and curses. He wrote a story that rang true to the heart. So naturally, I had to see the movie. 
It was a wonderful adaption! Shailene Woodley made a great Hazel. She captured Hazel's bitterness and straightforwardness, and the occasional warmth that Hazel let herself show. Ansel Elgort was perfect for Augustus, from his quirk of the brow to the deep and meaningful statements he makes about life and oblivion. The movie followed the flow of the book, and it stayed true to the major events in the story. My only compliant is that one of my favorite quotes was skipped over, but it wasn't right for the pace of the film. This movie was incredible, and one of the best book to film adaptions I have seen recently. It did the story justice, brought Hazel and Augustus to life and conveyed the crazy mix of ups and downs in life. 
Five out of five stars, and an infinity inbetween! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2: A Review

How to Train Your Dragon is one of the best Dreamworks movies ever to grace the big screen. (Right up there with Megamind and Kung Fu Panda) It started as a book, evolved into a film, and is now a TV show. 
This film returns to Berk five years later, where the world of dragons and humans have coexisted in peace and harmony. But Hiccup has a much bigger challenge to face than dragons. Due to his bravery and perserverance, all of Berk expects him to become the new chief. With this new responsibility on his shoulders, Hiccup begins to wonder who he is, and who he is meant to be. While Hiccup endures this internal conflict, the dragons and humans have one of their own. A dangerous man, by the name of Drago Bludvist is building a dragon army under his control, threatening all who don't join him with destruction and imprisonment. As Hiccup and Toohthless venture further into the world and learn more about dragons, dark secrets await them, and Hiccup's greatest battle will unfold. 
This film was amazing! From the silly moments to the epic battles, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is one hell of a ride! As familar characters grow and change, the film balances serious lessons with fun loving moments. This is a short review, because I don't want to spoil anything. 
I will say that How To Train Your Dragon 2 was on amazing adventure that tugs at your heartstrings. 
I give it five out of five sheilds!